The Book of Dialogue: How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry / Edition 1

The Book of Dialogue: How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry / Edition 1

by Lewis Turco
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584653612

ISBN-13: 9781584653615

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: University Press of New England

Originally published in 1989, this revised and expanded edition focuses on the art and craft of writing effective dialogue in fiction, cinema, television, drama, radio, and poetry.

Turco’s unique technique teaches by showing: he creates a Socratic dialogue as the form of the book itself. Says the author, "Plato wrote lies in order to tell the truth.

Overview

Originally published in 1989, this revised and expanded edition focuses on the art and craft of writing effective dialogue in fiction, cinema, television, drama, radio, and poetry.

Turco’s unique technique teaches by showing: he creates a Socratic dialogue as the form of the book itself. Says the author, "Plato wrote lies in order to tell the truth. That’s what a fiction writer does and has always done."

The book covers how to:
• Write dialogue that is believable as conversation—carefully selected, paced, and organized.
• Break up dialogue at strategic places with action, replies, scene-setting and other elements vital to telling your story.
• Balance dialogue and other story elements
• Dramatize conflict through dialogue.
• Use dialogue to lay the groundwork for upcoming events in the story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584653615
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,259,107
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
• Chapter 1 Definitions — Savants — Bordello
• Chapter 2 Speech in Narration — An Old-Fashioned Kind of Guy — One Sunday Morning — The Man in the Booth — Pleasant Dell
• Chapter 3 Diction — Scot on the Rocks
• Chapter 4 Types of Speech — Pocoangelini — Barrow Yard — Shipmates
• Chapter 5 Genre Dialogue — Murgatroyd Tries Agiain — The Museum of Ordinary People
• Index

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